MCFRS News Release

Suspicious Fire Damages School Buses

Fire Investigators Search for Clues

Around 9:20 p.m., Sunday, April 16, 2005 units from the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service were dispatched to the area of Rockville Pike and Montrose Road for the report of a bus on fire. First arriving firefighters encountered several school busses in the parking lot of Mid Pike Plaza on fire.

Approximately two dozen school busses used by the French International School of Bethesda were parked nearby. Several were on fire. It took approximately two dozen firefighters about 20 minutes to extinguish. There were no injuries.

Fire Investigators believe a fire was intentionally set in one of the busses. The fire is suspicious in nature. There was some vandalism also noted in other busses nearby. Three busses received significant damage and have been rendered inoperable. Another bus was damaged by radiant heat. Damage is estimated to be approximately $150,000.

Montgomery County Fire Investigators are looking for information. Anyone who may have been in the area of Rockville Pike and Montrose Road or in the vicinity of the Mid Pike plaza between 9:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Easter Sunday evening, April 16, 2006 are being asked to call the Montgomery County Arson Tipline at 240.777.2263.